Sooo – November is well and truly over & here is the jacket that snuck in instead of the one I’d intended to make! I do like this pattern – the turn back cuffs, the rounded collar. And the cropped length… I love these jackets that finish at the waist!
I made this jacket from a length of English wool, a navy lightweight piece with a great textural weave to it. I opted for the lining here, because of the weight of the wool. But not a dark lining – a light, silvery lilac-grey. I think it’s really pretty on the inside (but then I would!). I did look for suitable vintage buttons in the charity shops & the antique centre but to no avail. The collar has a hand stitched black velvet trim that took forever to apply! It’s worth it though because the jacket would have been very plain without it. I left off the little tabs because they just looked funny – and I didn’t have small enough buttons to match the bigger ones down the front! Next time….
I really like the dress with this pattern but lacked a suitable fabric to make something to match the jacket. However… Croft Mill Fabrics do have a rather pretty red, navy & white cotton that would work rather nicely. I may just have to get a couple of metres.
As you can see, waist length jackets work fabulously with high waisted trousers! These I finished last week for Belle (not a vintage pattern though!) & she loves them!
Thankfully we had a sunny day on Saturday to do the photos. It gets really tricky to photograph when it’s grey & dull out & not everything works well with artificial light.
The jacket is available in my Etsy shop now! The gorgeous bird print dress is also underway. The bodice is complete & needs to be attached to the skirt which has had to hang for a while because the centre seams are on the bias – cue massive amounts of “dropping” to be re-aligned. It will be finished today though! Then I’d better get started on those December jobs, but at least the tree is up! 🙂